Cindy Cooke is the immediate past president of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of Alabama Birmingham with a focus on health literacy. Dr. Cooke has a diploma in nursing from Mary Meek School of Nursing in Abilene, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Texas Arlington and a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Alabama Huntsville.

She is an experienced nurse and nurse practitioner with national board certification as a family nurse practitioner. Dr. Cooke has provided primary care to patients for 18 years, and for over 12 years exclusively to active duty and retired military members and their families.

Dr. Cooke has been involved in local, state and national NP organizations. She is past president of North Alabama Nurse Practitioner Association (NANPA), the founding president of the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama (NPAA), past American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) state representative for Alabama and past AANP Region 11 Director. Dr. Cooke has been active in speaking locally and nationally on various clinical and health policy topics. She was selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in 2009.

Dr. Cooke is married and currently resides in Huntsville, AL. She enjoys family activities with their adult children, sports, singing in a female a cappella group and travels extensively. She is a member of numerous professional organizations including NANPA, NPAA and AANP.

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